Medi Golf Hotel
Travel Blogs from Hammamet
... in Tunisian Arabic instead of this dead language, the people might've read more and empowered themselves.
HONORABLE MENTION included: NO FREEDOM IN LOVE; THE EXALTED STATUS OF MEN IN ISLAM; YOUNG MEN'S FASHION; and LITTER.
-----This brought us to The Top 5 Best Things about Tunisia!, a strong list which didn't need much explanation.
1. FRIENDLY PEOPLE
2. GREETING EVERYONE
3. THE SOUTH
4. ARABIC ALPHABET
... and more phone numbers followed by the same warnings today to avoid any political unrest within Tunisia you have to start feeling that you are on a NATO exercise instead of a cruise. Anyway we ventured ashore on a short excursion which took us around Roman ruins which were more interesting than temples but not as interesting as ale houses, you can start to sense the desire for us to return home ...
... on this trip. Our excursion began in the Bardo museum in Tunis which had been opened specially for us as it is usually closed on Mondays . As a result it was very quiet and with a very good guide we were able to appreciate the absolutely amazing mosaics they have on display. It is housed in what was a Turkish palace and the inside of the building itself is beautifully decorated with painted woodwork, ceramic tiled panels and stucco decoration that ...
... a moment after we stopped kissing, a male family member arrived from work. If he had arrived a minute earlier, we might not have heard him coming.
-----We would never get to sleep next to each other, unfortunately. I thought about putting her in my kashabiya robe and smuggling her into my house. But, I wasn't that sneaky.
-----I would be leaving Tunisia in mid-April.
-----My girlfriend was sad. Of ...
... for me? I was condemned to dance forever with a smiling toothless man who never got tired?
-----What I wanted was to slow-dance with a female. I wanted to hug her. No matter how much time I spent in conservative Islamic societies, I still needed to share my positive energy with females.
-----How did Tunisian males stay sane in this environment?
-----A sensitive guy like Haikl Dreedy - who loved his mom more than anything - was ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Medi Golf Hotel Hammamet
Vist 22/10/06 to 29/10/06
To Start this is not realistically a 4* Hotel. However during the above week my wife and 3 daughters 11,11 & 13 enjoyed a delightfull stay. Rooms were Basic but clean with linen changed daily. It was the end of season and initially the hotel was quiet. The food served was edible with a rasonable variety. Ommelettes, crepes, cereal & cold meats for breakfast. Stewed Steak, salads, fish, rice, pasta, vegetables,soup with a delightfull selection of pastries & sweets. The Hotel staff at all levels were allways polite & helpfull and behaved appropriately at all times. Sometimes they play small tricks on my daughters but nothing "pervy" as described in a prior review. Entertainment was reasonable with pool activities & games with light heared quizes, competitions and shows in the evening. I suppose one critism would be that billing for drinks seemed somewhat "on the hoof" but i did not let this bother me.
Customers at the hotel were French, British & German with the odd other nationality.
The only evidence of "Bun Fight" situation was when a large party of French people turned up at the end of the week.
The hotel is located about 400 metrs from a modern marina with villas and a strip of about 10 restraunts, bars , ice cream parlours etc. all very modern & clean about 800 metres to the south is a "prom" of about 1.5 km with large "Las Vegas" 4 & 5* Hotels and behind that at the southren end is a new "medina" with "Carthage" theme park. The Medina had modern bars, discos, restraunts with sometimes a small floorshow (Snake charmers etc) The Storeholders whilst seemingly agressive in sales technique expected you to bartar and arrive at a price of about 25-35% of original asking price and were allways "Good Humoured"
I suppose the locations suits couples of all ages & families with children up to 15. Those seeking Ibiza or Aya Napa type partying should go elsewhere.
The Beach was a little dirty owing to seasonal inflow of seaweed
There was an Ice Rink down the road
First time I've been on an all inclusive holiday and first time I've been to Tunisia. I was a bit apprehensive about the Medi Golf after reading the poor reviews on Trip Advisor but on arriving at the hotel I was pleasantly surprised. Friendly reception staff and a large, clean room overlooking the pool.
I'm a very fussy eater and a vegetarian so I was particulary worried about the food. For the first few days I was quite happy sticking to basics such as potatoes, rice, pasta etc and enjoyed the pizza and chips served by the pool on an afternoon. The confectionary was very good too. My boyfriend is less fussy and was quite happy with the standard of the food. However by about the 4th or 5th day we both had stomach pains etc and by the end of the holiday even the smell of the restaurant made us feel ill. We were more than happy to eat out at the lovely restaurants in the medina and very happy to pay less than £10 for a 2 course meal and drinks for 2!!
The pool is lovely and very clean - very cold though. We spent most days lying by the pool and weren't hasselled at all by the animation person. In fact we found all of the staff really friendly and helpful - although they don't speak English we still managed to communicate with them by speaking very bad basic French!
We were a bit disappointed that some of the features listed aren't available. No fitness centre, no water sports that we saw and the beach is further away than we imagined with nowhere to go for drinks or food.
We didn't really enjoy the medina as the vendors are so aggressive - we would have really enjoyed looking around at our leisure but you are hounded constantly by shop keepers asking you to buy things. I didn't buy anything but probably would have done if I had been left alone to browse.
Over all we had a lovely holiday - the weather was mostly fantastic (in the last week of September) and we made the most of it. The hotel served it's purpose - clean and comfortable with a lovely pool and friendly staff.
Not worthy of the poor reviews!
I have chosen to write a review for this hotel as there was limited information available about it when I booked my holiday but took the risk due to the excellent price (£500 each all inclusive at the end of august-2weeks). After we had booked the holiday new reviews were posted which were negative making us apprehensive about the holiday. Going in to the hotel with such bad reviews we expected the worse and so were pleasantly surprised.
It claims to be a four star, if u are used to summer holidays in Spain then it is more of a three star standard but the cleanliness was of a four star, we didn't find any cockroaches which people in other hotels had done and we got a double bed not 2 singles pushed together. However some people we spoke to when we got there had been moved several times before the rooms met their needs. The room/bathroom was basic but spacious enough. A 20dinar deposit is required for the TV which only has one English speaking channel (euronews-which repeats the same OLD news over and over). No safe in our room, but they were available apparently. The room was made up everyday and once we even received flowers on the bed, however there were a few times when the toilet roll wasn't replaced and the towels were forgotten.
The reception staff don't speak very good English which was a bit frustrating, they didn't understand when we requested about playing a round of golf which seemed ridiculous especially seeing as the hotel has "Golf" incorporated in its name!! The bar and restaurant staff are polite enough and serve drinks quickly, one waiter in the restaurant noticed our pattern of asking for a bottle of water at breakfast and brought it over to us straight away which was a nice touch. However some of the staff were a bit pervy but unfortunately this seemed the case in every part of Tunisia that we saw, European looking women are obviously a novelty. It was very tiring and frustrated my boyfriend somewhat! The animation team were supposed to provide entertainment for children except I saw no evidence of this! They are there purely to annoy the guests, sitting on the end of my sun lounger trying to listen to my music, try my hat on and trying convince me I don't love my boyfriend is not what I want when I'm trying to relax! In fact they were so annoying that we only sat by the pool for the first two days and ended up spending our lazy days at the beach, which we noticed the other European guests did too (to escape those idiots!). But the pool was very nice, though it may not be quite big enough when the hotel is busier, it was very quiet when we visited, just getting busier at weekends as it seemed many Tunisians chose to stay there.
The beach was gorgeous and the guys who worked at the beach were very pleasant and brought your loungers over to you and stayed there all day, making it feel a lot safer for when you want to go for a dip in the sea leaving your bags, they also serve drinks but they are not included in the all inclusive option. Take note that the beach isn't directly in front of the hotel, it is a 2/3min walk as there are some apartments in between the hotel and the beachfront. It was almost deserted probably due to end of season, sea clear and beautiful, waves huge some days and so still others! Water sports available further up the beach.
There weren't very many English people at this hotel, that may be a good or bad thing, but I found it nice and relaxing as we went to escape from everyone, though the few English we did see was nice to exchange stories and ask any questions. One thing an English family suggested to us which I would like to pass on is to pick up a map of Yasmine and Hammamet from the shop at the front of the hotel as the useless reception doesn't provide one.
I recommend the camel ride trip advertised in the hotel lobby, 3hrs only about £15 and well worth it.
The food- this is what we worried about! The breakfast is fine, we ate it everyday, just continental style. I didn't mind the lunch as there was salad and pasta etc but my boyfriend didn't and we chose to avoid the restaurant, we were down at the beach anyway and it wasn't worth walking back for really! Dinner was awful, the meals looked worse than school dinners and tasted like crap! And yes I did get an upset stomach from it. French bread was on tap so I stocked up on that! However for the price we paid (not far off self catering prices) it didn't really bother us and we ate out, the price for eating out is so affordable, only about £15 for both of us to eat a full evening meal with a few drinks each, so the rubbish food isn't the end of the world. The marina only a 5min walk from the hotel has lots of restaurants as does the seafront and medina, if you don't like pizza you will be stuffed though as that is the main choice and we ended up having it a lot as we knew it would be safe. The restaurant on a boat in the marina is well worth it, we had very good paella there. The medina is good fun, there are shops there, restaurants, entertainment, a casino-well worth it, and a mini theme park which is cheap to get in to, don't expect anything amazing, its like a glorified fun fair, but worth the laugh, better for kids.
Taxis are cheap and the train is too-worth using to go to the city Tunis and see the ruins at Catharge, £2.50 return! Use taxis to go to hammamet to see it but I wouldn't recommend it really, it is dirty and more like the real Tunisia, not catered to tourists and quite scary in some areas. The medina there isn't much to see and the market traders in there are the worst!
Overall if you want a cheap holiday in the sun, go for it, it doesn't deserve the poor reviews I have read, the holiday is what you make it and we had a fabulous time. It is more suited to couples rather than families with young kids. You do need to be aware that the market traders will hassle you to get in to their shops and buy things, you need to be aware of haggling and to go in at least a third of their starting price. They can get angry if you waste their time just by looking to avoid this hassle go shopping with a clear idea about what you want and be stern. Don't let the little boys who walk the streets selling stuff put things round your neck when they tell you its free because they will nag you for payment til the sun goes down! The men will perv, just try to ignore them. The country is cheap to us so that is a plus. Not great amounts to do and see but enough to not be laying the sun all the time. Oh and there is a British Bar in Hammamet, ask any taxi driver and they will know where to go, they played sport on the big screen and served egg and chips etc, not run by English though!
I hope this review has given a clearer view of the place-don't be put off by the Medi-Golf you can have a great holiday here! But we won't be going back...
Don't choose this one...
I can honestly say that this hotel is not a 4 star.
My girlfriend and I decided upon Tunisia as it was a country neither of us had visited and had a semi-up and coming reputation.
On arrival it was clear that people were out to get your money - tip demanded as people wrestled our suitcases from us to merely walk them 100 yards. The taxi ride that followed was fine and proved, as taxis are in Tunisia, to be very cheap (1 hour journey for about £32).
First thoughts on Medi Golf, e.g. the reception area, staff, etc. were OK. Nothing to be excited about but nothing to complain of. Below I have listed points on each area of the hotel to assist and stop be going on...
Room - 3/5. No great complaints. We weren't expecting much and didn't get it. Nice view over the pool, double bed, small tv (one English channel - EuroNews) and an empty fridge. Bathroom looked clean. A couple of people we spoke to did have to be moved around so I think we were lucky
Pool - 4/5. Nothing again to complain of. It was cleaned regularly, never got overly packed and was a nice size for the amount of people staying there - busier times could have reduced such a rating.
Staff - 1/5. Spoke fine German, Spanish, French and Arabic. They weren't rude but it was a struggle talking to them. I asked them to do something for my girlfriend - they failed; I asked them to book me a round of Golf - I ended up with a taxi back to the airport. The cleaners forgot toilet roll on many occasions (not that they use it in their public toilets) as well as towells. The animation team were annoying and constantly bothered us (think again about taking wives/girlfriends/daughters), whilst the bar staff were more pleasant when not serving off of the free menu.
Food - 1/5. Same old slop every day, lack of variation and lack of decency. If it wasn't for bread we would have failed to eat any meals there as opposed to our toasted breakfast. We ate out all the time because the food upset our stomachs and was genuinely horrible. Okay for salad but everything else was atrocious.
Area and People - 1/5. Not a great location, 300metres from beach and a further walk to any excitement. People in Tunisia made my blood boil. They are pervy and try and get money out of you whenever possible. Please don't get forced into paying for things as they will see you coming and hit you hard. We were confronted in the medina and had an argument before leaving. It can be quite scary. Ignore the guys passes and they may go away, get a tan before hand and the salesmen might leave you alone!
Overall I will never be going back to Tunisia. My gf and I, owing to how great she is, still had a wonderful time but this was mostly on the beach and away from the hotel - unless in bed (beware, loud music played til 00:00 by the pool). I won't recommend this hotel either but cannot fault cleanliness. Other people I spoke to at other hotels had problems with food and the people also so I would genuinely steer clear...
Je reviens de l'hôtel Medi Golf où nous avons séjourné ac mon ami pendant une semaine. Et je peux vous dire que malgré tous les messages négatifs sur cet hôtel, nous avons bcp apprécié nos vacances ! Il n'y aurait presque rien à redire sur l'hôtel, ce qui laissait le plus à désirer était l'organisation des transferts entre l'hôtel et l'aéroport.
Le personnel du Medi Golf était très agréable et serviable, surtout à la réception. Nous avons pu changer de chambre dès le début car celle-ci donnait sur une mauvaise vue. Les chambres étaient nickel, très propres et confortables. La restauration m'a semblé très variée et je n'ai pas été malade une seule fois ! La piscine est très propre, et la plage située à 250-300m était aussi très agréable ! Le seul pb est peut-être la situation de cet hôtel, mais le centre-ville n'est pas non plus à 3 km !!!
Si vs avez choisi cet hôtel pr vos vacances, vs ne le regretterez pas !
Not on the Marina, Not 4 Star, No Golf Course!
We cannot agree more with the people who wrote the most recent review, saying how awful it was. We appear to have been there at the same time, but did not meet, probably as they spent so much time out of the hotel. We too found the majority of staff rude and unhelpful; rooms were very basic and not what you expect for 4 star. On the particular subject, we were advised by the holiday rep that the hotel is "local 4 star only." Booking in the UK, though, means you pay international 4 star money and not local!
Restaurant was like eating at a chimps tea party.
Locals told us that hotel was "ok for sleeping in" nothing more.
Golf course has gone - now a private housing complex and hotel may be in front of marina as stated but omits to mention it's 500m away with said apartments in between.
Stay away if you want a good holiday
you got to be kidding this has got to be the worst hotel in tunisia
upon arrival we were shown 2 twin rooms after booking one double and one twin, 1 room had all bare wires hanhing out of the sockets so we had to be moved again, there was suppose to be a hairdryer and saftey box and mini bar in all rooms------------this is not true,,,,,,1 hairdryer for the full hotel, the lifts were always broken and the food is disquisting nothing for the english or children, all inclusive more like a 2star cafe,
after 2 days we all got ill, we had the doctor out giving us injections to stop us been sick, the food was always kept on a night and warmed up the next day, my husband got a hard boiled egg one day for breakfast when he opened it ,,, it looked like it had just been laid, the staff are so ignorant of your needs they just didnt care, we ended up eating out as we were all ill everytime we ate in the hotel
there was suppose to be a kids club-----which i can honestly say i never saw open once while we were there,,,,there was nothing for my kids to do,
all in all you would have a better time at home the rooms are very very basic----not even 1 drawer,,,,the staff are ignorant,,,the hotel is disquisting, the entertainment well i have watched better on play school as a kid, i would never recommend this place to anyone and that is a honest opinion.
please if you want my opion there is a lot better hotels to stay in avoid this one it should be closed down its disquisting
Worth a visit
Stayed at this hotel recently, we had a lovely time were made to feel very welcome and the staff were really friendly.
The Hotel and pool were really clean and the room was large and spacious, the hotel was very quite as it was the start of the season so some of the all inclusive facilities were not available ie late night snacks although one of the waiters did make me a pizza late one night.
This is a largely french hotel but most of the staff could speak a little english and seemed happy to have some english people staying there for a change.
My one complaint was the food could have been warmer. The confectionary was to die for.